Sen. King gets personal in attempt to save Affordable Care Act

For the past week, Maine U.S. Senator Angus King has been speaking out against the looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The personal stories of Mainers faced with losing their health care he has shared have been sobering, and none more so than his own experience with the life or death difference that having health coverage can make.

At the age of 29, King successfully fought a serious and aggressive form of skin cancer called malignant melanoma. The cancer was discovered during a routine check-up and would not have been detected if he had not had health insurance. 

“It has haunted me since that day that I was treated and my life saved because I had health insurance. I know to a certainty that had I not had that coverage, had I not had that free checkup, I would not be here today,” said King. “It has always stayed with me that somewhere in America that week, that month, that year, there was a young man or a young woman who had a mole on their arm or their back or their neck, couldn’t do anything about it, didn’t really think about it, didn’t do anything about it until it was too late, and they are gone. And I am here. I don’t know why I was saved. Maybe I was saved in order to be here tonight. But for the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone would want to take health insurance away from millions of people.”

Early Thursday morning, King split with fellow Maine Senator Susan Collins, voting against a budget resolution that paved the way for Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act without facing a Democratic filibuster.

“The Senate has made a serious mistake,” said King, following that vote. “It doesn’t make any sense, and I’m deeply concerned that it will jeopardize people’s lives.”

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